Sustainable, timeless, beautiful linens for the home
Inspired by her Lithuanian grandmother's linen chest, Edita Sungaile-Vranich launched LinenBarn in Australia in the April of 2021. LinenBarn sells heirloom-quality, sustainable linen for the home, designed to stand the test of time.
The linens are sustainably sourced from Lithuania, which has cultivated linen for thousands of years. They are 260-290gsm (grams per square meter) and all are genuinely handcrafted, meaning every piece is unique. LinenBarn uses small batch production, avoiding mass production in favour of quality and sustainability. All the linens are OEKO-TEK certified, meaning that no harmful substances are used, and no damage is done to the planet.
The brand launched with three tableware collections: Occasional, Coastal and Modern Farmhouse, all online now with worldwide shipping available. A highly anticipated bedding collection will launch in early 2022.
"Our linens are carefully made to last and be handed down from generation to generation to make your home just a little bit more special," says Edita.
We have teamed up with Linen Barn to give one lucky Instagram follower the chance to win their own set of table ware. To enter head over to our Instagram profile and check out the post for more details.
By Lindsay Doherty
When you think of Glasgow, and Scotland more generally, certain iconic images spring to mind. Whether it be our fondness for putting traffic cones on historical monuments, a teacake wrapped in red and silver shiny wrapping, a cold can of fizzy Irn-Bru or the graffiti that adorns the city's buildings, there’s no mistaking these images for anywhere else in the world.
And they’ve been embraced and showcased in the Gallus fabric.
Designed by Lakes & Fells founder Liam Barrett, who loves the city of Glasgow, the Gallus design is part of the wider City Collection of fabrics. Being inspired by the incredibly creative art culture of Glasgow, this design pays homage to this whilst giving a shout out to just some of the things that make people love Glasgow.
Gallus Translation: A wee gem of a word, gallus is a persona, a statement, a character. It’s a type of incorrigible swag that you either have or you don’t. When you stroll into that room with a gallus strut, you know all eyes are upon you.
Gallus fabric - £65 per metre
By Ellis Cochrane
Polka dots are a timeless print that can add a little vintage chic or playful charm to any space. Whether you prefer a more understated look or opt for more colourful decor, we've collected a selection of products to help you get the look.
To mark the launch of the new summer season, designer and upholsterer Sarah Jane Bustin has donated one of her iconic Ercol settees to raise funds for the PS Waverley in their annual raffle.
Highly coveted by design aficionados and collectors, the relatively rare Ercol 312 sofa is seen by many as a classic of mid-Century modern design. It has been lovingly reupholstered by Sarah Jane in her signature Waverley print fabric from The Bulloch Collection, which features original illustrations by Bute artist Lyn Bulloch.
The settee will take centre stage in Waverley's summer raffle, which kicks off at the start of the sailing season and is drawn at the end of the season in October.
Paul Semple, General Manager Waverley Excursions Ltd comments:“I’m delighted that Sarah Jane Hemsley Upholstery has been so creative in continuing to support Waverley. The Ercol Settee has been beautifully restored in the Waverley fabric from the Bulloch Collection and looked fantastic when it was delivered to the ship. Sarah Jane has been a fantastic supporter of Waverley as we have received regular donations thanks to sales of the Waverley fabric. The settee is first prize in our 2021 Grand Draw. The draw forms part of our ongoing fundraising which is required to ensure we can meet the cost of maintaining and operating the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer.”
Tickets for the raffle will be available on board and - for those unable to join Waverley on one of her trips - via the Waverley Excursions website. Sarah Jane was offered the Ercol settee by a customer who decided they didn’t want to have it reupholstered after all and it had sat in storage until she decided it could be put to good use to raise all-important funds for Waverley.The Ercol’s full restoration has included a revived and oiled wood frame, all new tension springs and reupholstered back and new shaped deep foam seat cushions with a heavy linen platform cover over the springs to protect the fabric.Sarah Jane chose Waverley in pale grey from the Bulloch Collection to cover the settee and complemented it with a mid-grey Bute Fabrics pure wool from the Clyde range on the piping and outside back - it’s safe to say the end result is truly unique!
By Ellis Cochrane
Launched in September 2016, during the height of London Design Week, Mairi Helena is a luxury fabric and wallpaper brand based in Edinburgh.
We sat down with Mairi herself to learn more about her business and what inspires her;
I fell in love with photography. It was my escape from my day to day job as a small animal vet. I loved exploring the landscapes with my camera in hand and capturing the colours of the land. I then embarked on a photography course which helped me to discover a way of combining my photography with textiles. Then we moved into our first home, with the opportunity to decorate our walls! And my two passions of photography and interiors collided - and it all spiralled from there!
Harris Green Thistle! We were decorating our living room at the time in our new home and I had an idea for a wallpaper, combining photos I had taken from a recent trip to the Isle of Harris. I was determined to create a feature wall to remind me of my travels around Scotland. I loved the idea of having something different to everyone else too, so I decided to create my own wallpaper.
Scotland’s beautiful landscapes, from the wild weather beaten West Coast to the rolling hills of the Borders, to the rugged, mountainous Highlands! I love capturing both wide angle scenery as well as close up details of textures, flora and fauna found in our countryside.
I design from my photographic images of Scotland, building my designs as layers to create a repeating pattern. Often a design is triggered by a trip out, spotting an interesting tree or landscape or even a bird on the water. I try to start with a colour palette in mind but sometimes the finished piece can end up being quite different to what I had in mind, but that’s what I love about the creative process!
Yes, I think people are definitely becoming bolder and braver in their colour choices in the home and this extends to print too. Wallpaper definitely seems to be more popular over the years and more recently I’ve been noticing not only as a typical feature wall but using it in creative ways too, such as on the ceilings and furniture decoupage. Also using it boldly in a hallway, cloak room or cosy snug can be fabulous to see!
Start with introducing print as a focal piece in the room. For example, a cushion with complementing cushions to match and draw out the colours within the print. Or a statement lampshade or art print on the wall.
I mostly work with independent interior designers across Scotland who carry my range of fabric and wallpaper collection books, offering my designs to their clients. I also work closely with the Scottish paint company Craig & Rose, where my designs are available across their showrooms in Glasgow and Edinburgh
I love creating designs which are unique to a particular location or theme. With my designs being created from my photography, I can tailor the design to a specific region of Scotland or an iconic landmark or colour palette.
In addition to designing with a bespoke brief in mind, I also offer the options of making bespoke pieces from my current collections, whether that be a cushion in various size requirements or a wallpaper to match a certain drop length or a lampshade featuring a particular part of a design.
What has been your favourite project to work on so far?
Recently we installed framed panels of my new Hidden Garden wallpaper within the wedding marquee at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. It’s lovely to think that my designs will be a part of many happy couples' special day! It is lovely to have the design featured within the very gardens where the inspiration for this design came from.
It’s at an exciting stage. I have several new products being sampled at the moment, which I’m looking forward to revealing later into the year, including some new lambswool throws!
2021 has also brought my new collection ‘Back to Nature’; a series of designs inspired by travels closer to home over the last little while.
I’ve been releasing these designs individually over the course of the year. ‘Hidden Garden’ being the first, taking inspiration from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. And most recently, ‘Shore Waders’ from my early morning trips to Cramond beach. During a turbulent year with a lot of unknown, what’s struck me is how aware I have become of the seasons. Spending time outdoors has been a tonic. We’ve been forced to take a slower pace of life and simply enjoy the tranquility of the great outdoors.
New designs in this series will be launched over the coming months!
And what would be your dream project or collaboration?
I’d love to collaborate more with a collection of Scottish brands, for example designing a label for an iconic whisky would be fun!
I’ve also always loved the idea of creating a large scale outdoor mural to be enjoyed by the public! I get carried away….
Most of all, I’d love to find a new studio separate from my home. I’d love a new project where I could renovate and decorate - a place I could call my studio shop!
By Ellis Cochrane
Creating products that engage the senses and conjure emotions, lifestyle brand Textured Lives’ range of homeware and textures will leave you feeling empowered to curate your home spaces…
Founded by Jo McEwan after 30 years experience in the textiles industry, Textured Lives was launched to focus on simplicity, and creating a sense of calmness in your home through organic imagery and texture.
The main inspiration behind the launch of the brand was biophilic design, with products having patterns, colours and textures inspired by the great outdoors. “I spend most of my spare time in the countryside, gardening, walking, running with Hendricks (Jo’s dog!) and even my yoga sessions weather permitting, so I’m not surprised that it is my biggest influence”, Jo says.
You can expect to see products such as candles made with real flowers from Latvian meadows and forests; throws made from cashmere and Merino wool, and fabrics made from 100% cottons, linens, velvets and more. Jo tells us that when developing products she tries to make them “an extension of my garden, whether it’s using a soft earthy colour palette, texture, or organic shapes”. She endeavours that every product tells a story and gives her customers their own, individual ‘Outdoor In’ story in their home.
Jo’s aim is to be 100% sustainable with her products, having already begun to make conscious choices on some of her current offerings. “There is a real need for both the manufacturer and the customer to play their part in what we are doing for the environment,” she says. She strongly believes that a lot of high street retailers are forgetting to trade ethically, and is determined to make a difference with good supplier relationships and a ‘good business’ ethos at Textured Lives.
We personally can’t wait to see how the business develops in the future! Don’t let the minimalist imagery on the website fool you, these products will look and feel great in any home (even a cluttered one!).
BY CHLOE SUZE